Clint Loomis Gallery to host songwriter night Saturday

By: 
Charlie Denison
Reporter

Sean Devine of Livingston will join Lewistown songwriters Charlie Denison and Haeli Allen Saturday night for a concert at the Clint Loomis Fine Art Studio.
Photo courtesy of Sean Devine

Sean Devine of Livingston is coming to town Saturday, April 1 to perform a “Songwriters in the Round” event at the Clint Loomis Fine Art Studio.

Devine, whose most recent release, “Austin Blues,” continues to garner attention both statewide and nationally, will be sharing songs from the album as well as new material. Those unfamiliar with Devine will get to know him well, as his songs are often autobiographical and personal. Fresh off a tour in Austin, Texas, Devine said he is glad to be back in Montana and looks forward to playing another “Songwriter in the Round” show, a format where three artists trade turns playing original music, sharing stories and sometimes accompanying each other.

This kind of event also caters to a different kind of audience, as the show is not about live music but about the songs themselves and the artists who play them. At a “Songwriters in the Round” show, the audience meets the artist: everyone is in it together.

“I really enjoy playing for an audience from all walks of life,” Devine said. “I think you find out what you really have to say as a writer, as an artist, when you have to say it face to face to a group of people who live together every day in their hometown.”

Having played a songwriter night in Lewistown previously, Devine said he appreciates the audience in Lewistown and the vibe the Loomis gallery gives off.

“Lewistown is one of those places that keeps you honest,” Devine said. “I love that about it.”

Devine will be joined on stage by local songwriters Charlie Denison and Haeli Allen. Denison, a five-year resident of Lewistown, is gearing up to record his second album and will be playing a lot of new material. This is the fifth time he’s collaborated with Devine for a “Songwriters in the Round”

Haeli Allen, formerly of the Bitterroot Valley, is perhaps known best in the area for her performances with sister-in-law Kenzie (Allen) Palmer and showcases with her husband Jaxon Allen (formerly of Kyle Shobe and the Walk ‘Em Boys). Last year, after Kenzie moved to Texas, Haeli began pursuing songwriting more, working regularly with Central Montana songwriters Steve Hughes, Dave Rummans, Denison and others. This is her first “Songwriters in the Round” event and she is thrilled for the opportunity.

“Through Charlie, I have come to know Sean’s writing and am honored to be invited to their Songwriters in the Round,” Allen said. “I thrive off of the influence of other musicians and greatly look forward to where their inspiration will lead me as a writer and performer.”

The show begins at 7 p.m. Gallery owner Clint Loomis encourages audience members to get to the show early, as there are only 30 seats available.

Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.

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